Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Querying Kendricks: Should Vikings pass rush be more aggressive?

Standout linebacker Eric Kendricks admitted the team could take more chances, but there was a reason you didn't see more pressure on Detroit quarterback Jared Goff.


Vikings linebacker Kendricks still has it. Was there ever any doubt?

On the NFL: Eric Kendricks played the run and pass flawlessly in the fourth quarter to turn the tide against the Lions.


Five extra points: Hutchinson invisible, Goff too visible in comeback victory vs. Lions

The Vikings smothered one Lion, but not the one they really needed to. Meanwhile, Kevin O'Connell won the first coaching challenge of his career.


Lions' road to rejuvenation will likely be paved by their offense

NFL Insider: Detroit is second in scoring, fourth in yards and third in rushing yards under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson.


Mark Craig's Week 3 NFL picks against the spread

Week 3 offers up eight road favorites. Our NFL insider picks four of them to win and one big upset in the AFC East.


O'Connell knows he needs to get Cook more involved in offense

Dalvin Cook has 26 carries for 107 yards and no touchdowns through two games, including only six rushes in the Vikings' loss to Philadelphia during which the star running back was hardly a factor.


Who's up, who's down after Week 2 in the NFL

The Bills continue to roll while other possible AFC contenders have fallen flat.


Five Extra Points: Hurts and Slay have days Jefferson and Cook sought

The Eagles found offensive and defensive catalysts in their quarterback and cornerback. The Vikings' best receiver and running back didn't have as much success.


Vikings get up-close look at picks that weren't

The Minnesota Vikings are about to face many of the rookies they passed up when they traded down in the draft.


Rodgers, Fields flipped the script in Week 1. Will roles reverse again in Week 2?

The Packers (0-1) and Bears (1-0) meet at Lambeau Field on Sunday night after upside-down first games that muddled the NFC North.